The Jordan Harbinger Show

545: Rachel Nuwer | Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

Rachel Nuwer (@RachelNuwer) is an award-winning freelance journalist who reports about science, travel, food, and adventure for The New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, and more. Her multi-award-winning first book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking, is out now.

What We Discuss with Rachel Nuwer:

  • What drives the global demand for resources cruelly derived from endangered wildlife.
  • Why poachers and smugglers are willing to risk their own lives to meet this demand.
  • The pros and cons of solutions proposed to stem the tide of this illicit trade -- from legalizing it for sustainable sourcing to synthesizing alternatives.
  • Why governments are shy to throw the book at the worst offenders, and how the most clever, wealthy, and well-connected usually (but don't always) bypass legal repercussions for their trafficking transgressions.
  • What we can do here and now to promote policies for preserving these species before they vanish forever.
  • And much more...

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